Android Accessibility

Note: The following examples assume Android version 6.0 or above. Screenshots may vary slightly to your screen display.

Vision

A screenshot of adjusting the font size on an Android device
Fig.1 Adjusting the font size

Changing the font size

Android offers a few options for visually impaired users to adjust the display size of text. The first option is changing the font size.

  • Use the Accessibility settings to adjust the font size. Go to Settings > Accessibility > Font Size (under the header ‘Display’)
  • The button slider supports 4 different levels of font size. Move the slider to the left or right to find a text size appropriate for your visual requirement, based on the sample text displayed.

 

 

A screenshot of adjusting the display size on an Android device
Fig.2 Adjusting the display size

Changing the display size

Another option is to adjust the overall display size, this affects the size of app icons as well as displays in apps such as ‘Messages’ and within menus.

  • Use the Accessibility settings to change the display size. Go to Settings > Accessibility > Display Size (under the header ‘Display’)
  • The button slider supports 4 different levels of display size. Move the slider to the left or right to find a display size appropriate for your visual requirement, based on the previews displayed.

Colour Correction for users affected by colour blindness

This is an experimental feature only available on devices running Android 5.0 or higher, as such it may not work correctly everywhere on your device.

  • Use the Accessibility settings to turn on ‘Colour correction’. Go to Settings > Accessibility > Colour correction (under the header ‘Display’)

    Choose the correction mode based on your visual needs, the options are:
    Deuteranomaly (red-green)
    Protanomaly (red-green)
    Tritanomaly (blue-yellow)Toggle on ‘Colour correction’

Inverting the colour schemes

Inverting the colours of everything on the screen can make the display easier to use for people with low vision or for those who find the traditional light colour schemes too uncomfortable on the eyes for extended periods of time.

  • Use the Accessibility settings to turn on ‘Colour inversion’. Go to Settings > Accessibility > toggle on ‘Colour inversion’ (under the header ‘Display’).

 

Please click here to read about TalkBack, the Android Screenreader.

Please click here to read about the Hearing options on an Android device.

Please click here to read about Android Magnification Gestures.